Tejada Commits Another Error, What Should Mets Do At Shortstop?

An article by posted on March 14, 2014

New York Mets Spring Training at their Minor League practice facility located within Tradition Field in Florida

Ruben Tejada committed his third error in six Grapefruit League games today against the Nationals, this time falling to handle a routine grounder to end the fourth inning.

He also went 0-for-3 at the plate, including grounding into a 5-4-3 double play, and is now 1-for-15 this Spring.

Afterward, Tejada told reporters, “Errors happen. Everybody makes them.”

This is now becoming a sideshow for the team and is getting tough to follow as a fan. The situation continues to worsen and obviously needs some immediate attention… It needs a resolution…

On Wednesday, a club source told John Harper of the Daily News that the Mets continue to scout the Mariners’ Nick Franklin and are trying to decide whether he can play shortstop well enough to justify the pop in his bat — not to mention giving up one of their young starting pitchers for him.

Additionally, a source affiliated with another ballclub, who has past ties to GM Sandy Alderson, said the Mets are continuing to monitor the Diamondbacks’ shortstop competition, and “could jump in” to try to make a trade for either Didi Gregorius or Chris Owings before spring training ends.

Seattle wants a top pitching prospect like Rafael Montero for Franklin, and Arizona wants a top catching prospect like Travis d’Arnaud for Owings, but could take Kevin Plawecki if the Mets sweeten the pot with a second prospect.

Harper says that there is still the possibility the Mets could sign Stephen Drew, but there is no indication that Drew, via agent Scott Boras, is willing to sign a bargain-type contract. In fact they have Sandy Alderson exactly where they want him.

Alderson’s Wilmer Flores bluff has failed, So has his dog and pony show that he’s content with Ruben Tejada as his shortstop after nearly a year of criticizing him publicly and then sending him to fat camp. In other words, the jig is up.

Tejada seems to be very affected emotionally Terry Collins has tried to intervene and believes the problem is more mental than physical: “I told him, listen, you can’t let all this outside stuff bother you. Just go play.”

That’s easier said than done – especially when you know that nobody in the front office is glad to see you back. The kid is in a bad place.

As I wrote the other day, Sandy Alderson created this mess and now he has to clean it up. At this point it doesn’t matter what he decides to do, but for the sake of this team he must do something.

What do you think the Mets should do?

(Updated 3/13)

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